I am not the Hero of this story. There are no Heroes or Villains in this story. There are just people, and the choices they make.
— Sandra Janssens
“Yes, Sandra. Yes. I would kill you. Without Hesitation, or regret.” She stood up, grabbing some chain netting, hanging on it so she could look down at me. “Bet your life on it.”
The Chronicles Of Taras is a Creepy PastaHorrorActionScience-FictionDiesel PunkWeb Serial Novel by N. Somniack revolving around the exploits of Taras Jacobs, a 17-year-old girl with a mysterious past and a tendency to murder or permanently disfigure/disable anyone and anything in her way.The story's narrator is Sandra Janssens, a girl who keeps the journals labelled The Chronicles of Taras, which have fallen into possession of N. Somniack, who provides the series with background research into Taras' demented exploits with often sarcastic and irreverent commentary.The first story in the serial is Red Dementia. It features Sandra being shipped off to a bizarre summer camp named 'Camp Moric' in the middle of a black desert, featuring seven other tough-as-nails girls who are forced to work in mines all day, digging for scrap metal to further build on Camp Moric's grounds.Soon Sandra becomes one with the group, who have all given each other nicknames (Sandra is christened "Jumpy" for her raw nerves and excessive fear), and they make a plan for escape. But Sandra's mind begins to fall into insanity through a kind of mind-damaging effect of Camp Moric's Grounds called the "Red Dementia" That only Taras Jacobs is immune to, and soon strange creatures called "Rakes" begin to skulk around camp at night, leaving Sandra and her cabin-mates with either escape or certain death on their hands.The episodes (journal entries) of the story go up every Tuesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. server time, often with updates on Taras/Moric's/other characters' backgrounds in between.On December 28, 2012, N. Somniack announced he would re-tool the story and try to sell it to Kindle. The new story, he said, would have a different setting and new different elements, as well as less of a rambling, incoherent tone that is common with the red dementia parts of the story.
This creepypasta provides examples of:
Abandoned Area: The Mall buried under the black sands that the girls take Shelter in starting in Episode #12.
Abandoned Mine: The Mines of Camp Moric's Black Desert are too extensive to have just been made by Teenage girls. In fact, because of the bizarre clawmarks and petroglyphs it's implied the mine's creatures weren't human beings.........
Ax-Crazy: Lara "Yuma" Carroca, Taras' rival, is arguably less sane than Taras is: Lara hears voices, spreads false rumors about Taras, and has tried to kill her more than once before to make herself seem more threatening.
Australian Accent: Tawna "Cutter" Jones has one, being from Halls Creek Australia and all.
Evil Redhead: Well, not Evil, per se, but Taras sure is brutal, ruthless and taunting to anything that stands against her.
The Fear Mythos: The Rake is a type of creature prowling Camp Moric during its sub-freezing nights, apparently with ill intent, as a girl has been slaughtered after trying to run away, evidently by the Rake's metal claws.
Freak Out: Jaws has a tendency to do this. It gets her killed.
Freudian Trio: Taras is a more sociopathic version of The Spock, putting Logic, reason and her own survival above everything else, while Sandra is The McCoy, emotionally devastated by deaths and the Rakes. The Kirk is passed between Ghost and Cutter, depending on the Episode.
Grey and Gray Morality: By Word of God, a staple of the series. Our protagonists are all convicted criminals with the possible exception of Sandra (And Taras is a confirmed Murderer and mutilator of people), but a little investigation into the background of The Rake brings up whether or not these girls were simply attractors for The Rakes and brought to the Camp Moric to protect them.
Sandra sees Taras and Yuma as this, respectively. Taras Jacobs is a violent, sarcastic sadist who lives only to kill, takes no responsibility for anyone other than herself, and doesn't feel any compassion for anyone who dies over the course of the "Red Dementia" serial with one exception. Yuma, on the other hand, tortures for the fun of it, wants to skin and disembowel and bisect Taras for the fun of it and goes into this detail in front of her, brings up Taras' only real love, whom she murdered in cold blood, and turns in Cutter, Sandra and Ghost in exchange for money and freedom from Najis Rakkasiak, who's of course not planning to pay up on the deal as he despises her as much as Taras does.
Jaws - because of the lack of medical care - or just care in general - Julie has had her braces start ripping into her gums and cracking her teeth.
Mordor: The "Black Desert" that Camp Moric is situated in is forever below zero and is home to, outside The AlcatrazHellhole Prison Camp Moric, The Rakes, An Underground mall full of velvet-skinned, 3-foot high dog-like creatures (pictured) with poison that kills you over a few days and causes you to vomit blood and hallucinate, as well as a lake of fire, as well as high-tech machines the Counselors use to hunt down the girls.
Noodle Incident: Taras and Yuma's escape from "Shadows". It left Yuma with a curved spine and a distinct terror of Chains that Taras often plays on, and it may have exacerbated Yuma's Schizophrenia and hatred of Taras. Taras herself ended up with even LESS trust of anyone, a more bloodthirsty disregard for life than before, and serious Angst over the loss of someone named 'Xavier'.
Odd Name Out: Ghost, Star-Scar, Yuma, Cutter, Stone, Jaws, Jumpy, and......Taras. The one who kept her real name.
School Bullying Is Harmless: Averted. Sandra is implied to be as quiet, frightened and lacking in Self-Esteem because of being physically and verbally tortured by the popular girls and their boyfriends in her Connecticut Hometown. It can be argued she's attached to Taras because Taras doesn't take anything from anyone, and behaves the way Sandra would like to.
Seeker Archetype: N. Somniack himself, as he plays a paranormal investigator searching for the truth in all his fictional works.
Urban Sci Fi: Sandra Janssens is a normal girl from Connecticut, Ghost is A nasty hoodlum from Trenton, New Jersey, Cutter is a normal Australian Girl and only Taras and Yuma have truly bizarre, mysterious pasts. Normal people...in a world of Rakes, Dingo-Snakes, Airships, Bounty Hunters and Volcanic, sub-freezing desert. Nice little diversity of tone.........